The archiving and dissemination of biological structure data

Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2016 Oct:40:17-22. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2016 Jul 21.


The global Protein Data Bank (PDB) was the first open-access digital archive in biology. The history and evolution of the PDB are described, together with the ways in which molecular structural biology data and information are collected, curated, validated, archived, and disseminated by the members of the Worldwide Protein Data Bank organization (wwPDB; Particular emphasis is placed on the role of community in establishing the standards and policies by which the PDB archive is managed day-to-day.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Data Curation / methods*
  • Databases, Protein*
  • Humans